Getting Things Done: Your Problem Isn’t Lack of Time – It’s Lack Of…

A Harvard Economist’s Surprisingly Simple Productivity Secret

- by LinkedIn editor Chip Cutter, LinkedIn Today

There’s no question that in the working world, one of the most common complaints, by far, is having too little time. Workers putting in 60+ hours a week believe they don’t have enough room in their schedule even to tame their inboxes, let alone think about about big projects creatively.

Recognize this?

Recognize this?

But lack of time is not the problem, says Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan. The ultimate barrier to success is this. Read more.

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Early Bird Productivity: Use These Powerful Strategies Every Day

The early bird catching the worm isn’t merely a worn-out cliche – it’s a proven fact. Research by Christoph Randler, a biology professor at the University of Education in Heidelberg, Germany, found that people who started their days earlier were more goal-oriented and more active, and even felt more in charge — all elements of business success.

In this article by Lydia Dishman in FastCompany, learn some great strategies for upping your productivity from five successful executives who are early risers. Maybe we’ll never all be morning people, but we can always take a few super-effective tricks from from the playbooks of these thought leaders. How to do it.

11 Easy Productivity Hacks from Super-Productive People

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”-–Paul J. Meyer.

Do you need to procrastinate less and accomplish more? Here are 11 productivity tips from the pros – the CEOs and other high-performing types that are covered in FastCompany.com.

Here’s a quick list of proven, effective hacks you can implement quickly, and watch your own productivity shoot up. Make that change!

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– Posted by Regan Kelly, Editor/Community Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

Quit Thinking So Positively (+ 4 Other “Good” Habits It’s Time to Ditch)

Productivity is an ever-evolving study of what works and what doesn’t. And the way we work can change quickly: what was once accepted as a best practice can now do you more harm than good, writes Sean Blanda in this top story from lifehacker.com.

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Here are a few creative insights that weren’t taught in school which, sometimes, means that it’s time to unlearn habits previously perceived as being “good.”

Read these thought-provoking tips that go against the grain of the more typical productivity advice.

Need a Refill? 46% of Us Are Less Productive Without Coffee

Nearly half (46 percent) of people are less productive without coffee, according to an infographic from OnlineMBAPrograms.org. The infographic traces the history of coffee—from how it was discovered to its rise as the second-most traded commodity on earth—and explains some of its benefits. Get the rest of the story in this post from Mark Ragan.

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6 Simple Daily Rituals to Reach Your Potential EVERY Day

Becoming productive – and staying productive – isn’t about complicated, hard-to-follow programs or logging your every move in an app. In fact, it’s about caring for yourself.

Here are the simple, straightforward daily to-dos to get you started. See the list here.

Don’t Just Pass the Time on Your Commute – USE It Instead

by Liz Strauss at successful-blog.com

Some days, there just isn’t time enough to finish all of your work. On top of your regular tasks, things crop up that have to be handled right away – pushing you back even further.

Author Liz Strauss

Author Liz Strauss

Add to that your long-term deadlines, and that can mean late nights at the office, and/or spending your evenings and weekends working. All of which can make you miss out on the things you would rather be doing  – with family and friends.

But there’s one source of time you could tap – daily! How to be more productive in the time it takes to commute to and from work.

Boost Focus and Productivity in 10 Minutes – Take a Nap

by David DiSalvo

Few of us enjoy jobs that allow an afternoon siesta, but we’d probably all be better off if they did–including our employers.  According to new research, all we’d really need is a solid 10-minute power nap to boost our focus and productivity.

napping office workerResearchers tested four nap time spans: 5, 10, 20 and 30 minutes (and a control group that didn’t nap).  They then tested participants across several benefits for three hours after the nap.  Here’s a summary of the results:

The 5-minute nap produced few benefits in comparison with the no-nap control. The 10-minute nap produced immediate improvements in all outcome measures (including sleep latency, subjective sleepiness, fatigue, vigor, and cognitive performance), with some of these benefits maintained for as long as 155 minutes. The 20-minute nap was associated with improvements emerging 35 minutes after napping and lasting up to 125 minutes after napping. The 30-minute nap produced a period of impaired alertness and performance immediately after napping, indicative of sleep inertia, followed by improvements lasting up to 155 minutes after the nap.

The problem is that naps are awfully hard to cut down to 10 minutes; once you get a little taste, it’s tempting to just keep sleeping.  But as this and other studies indicate, longer naps are not the best naps.  Snooze for just 30 minutes and you fall into sleep inertia,  the feeling of grogginess and disorientation that comes with awakening from a deep sleep.

Another thing to remember about naps is that timing is everything.  If you nap too late in the day, you’ll interfere with your body’s circadian rhythm and will probably sleep poorly at night.  Best times to nap are mid to late morning or early afternoon.

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Do you ever nap during the workday? Let us know!